In advance of the celebrations surrounding the 50thanniversary of the Newport Pell Bridge, The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) has announced that it is looking to hear from any tradesperson that worked on the original construction of the Newport Pell Bridge from 1966 through 1969.

RITBA will be planning an event that recognizes the people who worked on the bridge, changing the lives and transportation habits of millions of people over the past five decades.

If you or someone you know worked on the Newport Pell Bridge between 1966 and 1969, we’d love to incorporate your story in the 50th anniversary celebrations. Please contact us at or call (401) 423-0800 and ask for Mr. Raphe Sciola.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).